How to Apply for Live Literature Sessions

The Live Literature programme works with you to bring authors from our database into your community. Read on to find out how to apply for author visits.


Application Deadlines

2019 sessions

Applications for events taking place between 1 April and 31 December 2019 are now closed. The deadline was Wednesday, 23 January 2019 at noon.

2020 sessions

Applications for events taking place between 1 January and 31 March 2020 will open in late Summer 2019. The deadline will be Wednesday 25 September 2019 at noon. 

Applications for events taking place between 1 April and 31 December 2020 will open in late 2019. The deadline will be Wednesday 22 January 2020 at noon. 


Why apply for Live Literature author visits?

Scottish Book Trust provides a package of support to help you make the most of getting an author involved in your work, including:  

  • Scottish Book Trust pays the author’s fee (£175 per session), travel and accommodation expenses directly to the author after the event. We provide a claim form to make this easy, fast and straightforward. 
  • You pay a pre-set, predictable cost per session – great for budgets! We invoice you for a contribution to the author’s fee after the event (£75 per session, a total of £90 including VAT. Some organisations can reclaim VAT).
  • Everyone pays the same contribution, no matter how short or long the author’s journey to the session. This gives you more flexibility to choose authors and helps you bring new voices to your audiences.  
  • There is help and advice available at every step of organising your sessions from the experienced team at Scottish Book Trust.
  • Scottish Book Trust’s Marketing Team can help you promote your events online and locally.

Who can apply?

The panel carefully read and consider all applications. Where appropriate, the panel give feedback along with the award decision. Individuals and not-for profit organisations in every part of Scotland can apply for support to host events or projects with authors. These include:

  • Schools (see our FAQ for important information for schools)
  • Libraries
  • Community groups
  • Arts organisations
  • Local festivals
  • Writing/Reading Groups
  • Hospitals
  • Prisons
  • Organisations that work with adults and/or children with disabilities
  • Individual people who want to hold an event in their area

How to apply - provided for information only

  1. Check if you are eligible to apply and you can meet the cost of your sessions.
  2. Download a draft application form from the blue attachments panel at the bottom of the page. You can also download guidance notes for the application form in the same place. These notes are optional but give an indication of how the panel will assess your application. If you want to know more about how your information will be used and stored, download a copy of our privacy statement
  3. Please draft your application offline! You can't save your application part-way through; you must make sure you have a copy of your application saved offline in a word document before starting this process. The website does not auto-save. Download a draft application form to prepare your application offline.
  4. Submit your application online before the deadline. 
  5. You will hear the result of your application within six weeks of the deadline.


Frequently asked questions

Find out more about how long a session is, double funding, ongoing projects, charging for events, Curriculum for Excellence and more on our frequently asked questions page.

What are the panel looking for?

You can:


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